O ingá is the fruit of the Inga tree, a tree widely found in Brazil. Although it is not one of the most famous fruits, it is rich in great properties that can greatly benefit your health.See_also: Endive: Get to know the vegetable and its benefits
Also called ingá-white, ingá-chichica and ingá-mirim, it is common in the Amazon region. Its shape resembles a pod. Also, its name is of indigenous origin and means "soaked" - full of water.
Benefits of the ingá
The fruit is rich in minerals, especially calcium, so it is known as a great ally for bone health. Therefore, its consumption can be a way to prevent health problems such as osteoporosis (brittle bones).
Protects eye health
Besides minerals, it is also full of vitamins, such as vitamin A, which is excellent for eye health as well as skin health. Among the problems that vitamin A can help prevent are cataracts (blurred vision), glaucoma (damage to the eye nerve), and, in the skin, problems as serious as cancer.See_also: Fibroadenoma: what is the lump removed from actress Sophia Valverde
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It helps strengthen immunity thanks to the vitamins and antioxidants contained in its composition. In addition, it prevents or relieves inflammation, including the action of free radicals, which cause oxidative stress, the effect of which can range from premature aging of the skin to the formation of tumors in the body.
Inga helps relieve pain, especially headaches and migraines. It can work as a natural remedy to solve these problems because it has astringent action. So, to take advantage of this benefit, just consume the fruit "in natura" or use its pulp to prepare a delicious juice that will help ease the symptoms.
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How to consume the ingá
- In natura;
- Juices, vitamins and smothies;
- Fruit salad.
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